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Williams Grove adjusts qualifying format for 410s

David Gravel (2) and Donny Schatz (15) battle during the 2021 National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. (Julia Johnson photo)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Cars will compete in a Yellow Breeches 500 race at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 20th.

To get their season going, the HJ Towing & Recovery 358 Sprint cars will also be on the schedule.

For the 410 sprints, the Yellow Breeches 500 race pays $500 to start the 25-lap Main Event and offers $5,000 to the winner. After a previous Yellow Breeches race was lost due to weather conditions, Friday’s race will be the first of the year to feature a new twist in qualifying.

All of the Yellow Breeches 500 races during the season use timed practice laps to set starting grids for the Heat.

Hot laps and qualifying groups for the shows are created based on each registered driver’s past average season earnings and distributed equally.

All cars in a group compete against the same opponents in their respective heat races, while a reversal of driver times after hot laps is used to set the heat starting line-ups.

The top two or three heat finishers, based on the total number of heats played, will be placed in the front spots of the night’s main event – again handicapped on the grid, based on each rider’s average financial earnings to date.

The 358 sprints will go head-to-head in a 20-lap main race after the qualifying races.

Brent Marks recently became the first sprint car driver to repeat an outing on the track on track when he won the World of Outlaws Morgan Cup on May 14.

Danny Dietrich is the current leader of the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Car standings, although he’s still aiming for his first win of the season at the Oval.

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